SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Hebert is now planning to participate in a debate with his Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz on Friday after his staff says his schedule was re-arranged.

Herbert, a Republican, initially declined to debate at a meeting of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, citing a scheduling conflict and the governor’s annual fundraising gala Friday night.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday that the league’s executive director Ken Bullock was upset and said Herbert was breaking a 28-year streak by skipping the event.

Herbert campaign manager Marty Carpenter says the governor found room in his schedule and will now appear at the event.

Herbert and Weinholtz are also scheduled to participate in a televised debate on Sept. 26.